Metoshi

Sharing made easy

Metoshi performs the role of a network orchestrator by connecting those with excess food to the needy thru’ an unprecedented modus operandi

Use Case

If someone has food that might go to waste, with the push of a few buttons they can have it forwarded to people who are in need. Metoshi facilitates this connection in 2 ways –1. Smart tool ‘Linkify’ whereby delivery is made by crowd-sourcing2. Solar-powered drones The donors may be restaurants or individuals and the recipients may be established NPOs or individuals. Significant donations are granted only to NPOs. Essentially this is how 'Linkify' works – registered volunteers who are travelling in the vicinity of the donor and in the direction of the recipient (information obtained from user’s mobile phone) are detected and requested to make this delivery. Since, this requires minimal effort volunteers are much more likely to help out. People can also contribute by playing games.

Potential

Metoshi has the capacity to make food wastage void and thus alleviate the burden on food productivity which in turn saves resources. Since Metoshi makes sharing incredibly easy using ‘Linkify’ and solar-powered drones, the number of donors would drastically increase. Metoshi is also stable, aiming to be self-sustained a few years after its inception thanks to its innovative business model. Also, Metoshi does not hope to replace existing NPOs that collect food from homes, but rather seeks to make it easier for such NPOs to receive supplies. Metoshi’s solar-powered drones operate solely on clean energy and enable food transportation pollution-free. They are also equipped with anti-collision algorithms and Optimum Routing Techniques for efficient operation. Metoshi can end world hunger.

Business Case

Initially, Metoshi will need seed funding during its start-up stage. But soon after Metoshi has its own revenue generating vehicle. Metoshi enables users to play 2-3 games on its platform and after achieving traffic, companies can rent ads on these games (disruptive ads). After this stage, Metoshi would entice third-party game/app companies to purchase its ‘Metoshi Social Certification’ for a small monthly fee that would show their company in good light (CSR). Ideally, within 28 months, Metoshi will become self-sufficient using these methods.The operational costs of Metoshi are marginal due to lack of inventories and as solar-powered drones are fixed assets. As a result, any surplus cash generated from operations will be reinvested to aid Metoshi’s expansion from its pilot city.

Objectives:

  1. Reduce food wastage to 2% or less by making sharing easy and ensuring that excess food is delivered to those in need
  2. Partnering with NPOs to help them garner supplies and partnering with games/apps by providing social certifications
  3. To establish an efficient platform and connections (virtual and physical) using clean energy/minimal resources

Team The Hunger Purger

Chennai, India

  • Business / Social Enterprise
  • Food Waste / Consumer Issues
  • Global

Our Team

Metoshi In A Nutshell / Published December 7, 2014 by Paridhi Rustogi

Metoshi In A Nutshell

Metoshi is a dream we've held close to our hearts. As we present you our final post, in conclusion we'd like to say that this journey was an incredibly enriching one.

Thank you for this opportunity.

Blueprint - Metoshi's Solar-powered Drones / Published December 7, 2014 by Sam Sundar D

Blueprint - Metoshi's Solar-powered Drones

This is our design for Metoshi's drones. Notice the strategically places solar cells embedded on the drone. We estimate that in tropical regions (30-40 degree Celsius), the drone can stay afloat for 16 hours at a stretch (assuming sunlight for 8 hours) and achieve speeds of 20 km/hr and carry up to 2 kilos (as of now).

Best part about solar drones - closer to the sun and hence they receive higher intensity of sunlight which equates to more free energy!

Metoshi's Solar-Powered Drones - Clean Energy! / Published December 7, 2014 by Sam Sundar D

Metoshi's Solar-Powered Drones - Clean Energy!

Solar Energy is radiant light and heat from the sun harnessed using technologies such as solar photovoltaics. This is one of the most widely used renewable energy source because it is operational in almost all parts of the world.

Solar technologies are broadly classified as either passive or active depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute sunlight. Active solar techniques use photo-voltaic panels, pumps, and fans to convert sunlight into useful outputs. Passive solar techniques include selecting materials with favorable thermal properties, designing spaces that naturally circulate air, and referencing the position of a building to the Sun. Active solar technologies increase the supply of energy and are considered supply side technologies, while passive solar technologies reduce the need for alternate resources and are generally considered demand side technologies.

Why do Metoshi Drones use solar power?

1. To conserve power
Metoshi operates with the aim of reducing wastage of food, to combat the challenges of feeding a growing population. So it is quite intuitive for us to believe in the same ideal of sustainability in our transportation mechanism – i.e reduce power consumption.

2. Self-sustainable
Due to its self-sustainability owing to power generated by solar radiation, the Drone can work at its full capacity for a much longer time duration, hence operating at a high efficiency.

3. Convenience
Solar powered Drones do not require charging during most parts of the day and is self-sustainable, eliminating the need for frequent docking to power up.

Next up - Blueprint of our drone design. Can't wait!

Metoshi - Startup Plan / Published December 7, 2014 by Rajeshwer Sekaran

Metoshi - Startup Plan

Metoshi would progress as delineated below:

1. Seed funding is utilized to form the Collection Center and develop Metoshi’s platform (web and phone platform). Also, the 2 games are designed.

2. Aggressive marketing is done to emphasize Metoshi’s USP (Unique Selling Point). Donors and the needy/NPOs start registering. Other users who wish to contribute do so either by monetary means or by playing the games.

3. After achieving significant traffic in these games, prospective advertisers would be contacted and the games will have strategically placed advertisements of companies that will be obstructive to the users (between two games) so as to satisfy the desired advertising time. Gaming users would not mind as they know it is for a good cause (they play primarily to help raise funds).

4. Following the success of Step 3, Metoshi will proceed to lure other applications and games to purchase its ‘Metoshi Social Certification’ for a marginal monthly fee – this would show the purchasing company in good light (Corporate Social Responsibility). Also, such games/applications will be broadcasted on the Metoshi platform which will cause more people to use/play those games/applications.

Step 4 would ensure that Metoshi is self-sustained. Also, during this entire period, strong promotion would be done to garner as many donors and inform as many needy individuals/NPOs as possible.

Droning about Drone Tech and its Applications for Metoshi! / Published December 7, 2014 by Paridhi Rustogi

Droning about Drone Tech and its Applications for Metoshi!

Our Mission

In India, over 20 crore (200 million) people go to bed hungry each night. An issue too close to home - food scarcity is an ugly truth of life for many Indians. Our mission is to eradicate this scarcity not only in India but all over the world. To achieve this ‘The Hunger Purger’ needs to get under way. Wasting food is a sin, one that needs to be cleansed from this world. At this very moment, there are many skilled individuals working on ways to genetically enhance grain produce and increase productivity of Earth’s landmass. But, that isn't the core problem. According to the United Nations, nearly 33% of food produced for human consumption goes to waste every year. If only there was a way to connect the people who waste food and the people who desperately need food, the food crisis could be averted. This is where our web/phone application - Metoshi comes into prime focus. A labor of love, Metoshi has been in the pipeline for quite some time now. With Thought For Food’s challenge, our idea could no longer wait and we are excited at the opportunity of changing our idea to an eventuality and make a difference in the lives of others!

Our Background

Our team displays absolute diversity, over-arched by one common mission. There is an incomprehensible amount of food being wasted everyday. This angers us. The bread on our table hides the imputed investments of time, land and resources used. We want to stop this wastage by ensuring that the surplus food reaches those in need. We are students of Engineering and Social Sciences. But before that, we are thinkers and innovators who want to utilize our skills of web development, data analysis and environmental consciousness to bring about a difference by engaging people. We hope that we can give back to society through our unique venture - a seed, which we hope will one day grow so tall and mighty that its fruits would be sufficient to feed the world.

Metoshi In A Nutshell / Published December 7, 2014 by Paridhi Rustogi

Metoshi In A Nutshell

Metoshi is a dream we've held close to our hearts. As we present you our final post, in conclusion we'd like to say that this journey was an incredibly enriching one.

Thank you for this opportunity.

Blueprint - Metoshi's Solar-powered Drones / Published December 7, 2014 by Sam Sundar D

Blueprint - Metoshi's Solar-powered Drones

This is our design for Metoshi's drones. Notice the strategically places solar cells embedded on the drone. We estimate that in tropical regions (30-40 degree Celsius), the drone can stay afloat for 16 hours at a stretch (assuming sunlight for 8 hours) and achieve speeds of 20 km/hr and carry up to 2 kilos (as of now).

Best part about solar drones - closer to the sun and hence they receive higher intensity of sunlight which equates to more free energy!

Metoshi's Solar-Powered Drones - Clean Energy! / Published December 7, 2014 by Sam Sundar D

Metoshi's Solar-Powered Drones - Clean Energy!

Solar Energy is radiant light and heat from the sun harnessed using technologies such as solar photovoltaics. This is one of the most widely used renewable energy source because it is operational in almost all parts of the world.

Solar technologies are broadly classified as either passive or active depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute sunlight. Active solar techniques use photo-voltaic panels, pumps, and fans to convert sunlight into useful outputs. Passive solar techniques include selecting materials with favorable thermal properties, designing spaces that naturally circulate air, and referencing the position of a building to the Sun. Active solar technologies increase the supply of energy and are considered supply side technologies, while passive solar technologies reduce the need for alternate resources and are generally considered demand side technologies.

Why do Metoshi Drones use solar power?

1. To conserve power
Metoshi operates with the aim of reducing wastage of food, to combat the challenges of feeding a growing population. So it is quite intuitive for us to believe in the same ideal of sustainability in our transportation mechanism – i.e reduce power consumption.

2. Self-sustainable
Due to its self-sustainability owing to power generated by solar radiation, the Drone can work at its full capacity for a much longer time duration, hence operating at a high efficiency.

3. Convenience
Solar powered Drones do not require charging during most parts of the day and is self-sustainable, eliminating the need for frequent docking to power up.

Next up - Blueprint of our drone design. Can't wait!

Metoshi - Startup Plan / Published December 7, 2014 by Rajeshwer Sekaran

Metoshi - Startup Plan

Metoshi would progress as delineated below:

1. Seed funding is utilized to form the Collection Center and develop Metoshi’s platform (web and phone platform). Also, the 2 games are designed.

2. Aggressive marketing is done to emphasize Metoshi’s USP (Unique Selling Point). Donors and the needy/NPOs start registering. Other users who wish to contribute do so either by monetary means or by playing the games.

3. After achieving significant traffic in these games, prospective advertisers would be contacted and the games will have strategically placed advertisements of companies that will be obstructive to the users (between two games) so as to satisfy the desired advertising time. Gaming users would not mind as they know it is for a good cause (they play primarily to help raise funds).

4. Following the success of Step 3, Metoshi will proceed to lure other applications and games to purchase its ‘Metoshi Social Certification’ for a marginal monthly fee – this would show the purchasing company in good light (Corporate Social Responsibility). Also, such games/applications will be broadcasted on the Metoshi platform which will cause more people to use/play those games/applications.

Step 4 would ensure that Metoshi is self-sustained. Also, during this entire period, strong promotion would be done to garner as many donors and inform as many needy individuals/NPOs as possible.

Droning about Drone Tech and its Applications for Metoshi! / Published December 7, 2014 by Paridhi Rustogi

Droning about Drone Tech and its Applications for Metoshi!

Our Team

Our Mission

In India, over 20 crore (200 million) people go to bed hungry each night. An issue too close to home - food scarcity is an ugly truth of ...Read More

Our Background

Our team displays absolute diversity, over-arched by one common mission. There is an incomprehensible amount of food being wasted everyday. This angers us. The bread on our table ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.